Answers to Questions Asked in the 2003 State-Level National Geographic Bee

National Geographic News
April 8, 2003

Questions and Answers:

• Which country has a drier climate? Argentina or Colombia? Argentina

• Malagasy is one of the official languages of which country located in the Indian Ocean? Madagascar

• Which country that borders Myanmar gained its independence from Pakistan in 1971? Bangladesh

• The Yalu River forms part of the political boundary between North Korea and what other country? China

• Parmesan cheese takes its name from Parma, a city in the northern part of what peninsular country? Italy

• What Central American country was once a province within Colombia? Panama

• Oysters are harvested near Ostend, a seaport located along the North Sea coast of West Flanders in which country? Belgium

• Fountains of ash rained down on the town of Catania when Mount Etna erupted in October 2002. Name the island where Mount Etna is located. Sicily

• Ice sheets covered part of what is now the United States during the Pleistocene epoch, which took place during Earth's current geologic era. Name the current geologic era. Cenozoic (Also acceptable: Cainozoic)

• After an economic collapse in the late 1990s, what South American country declared the U.S. dollar to be its official currency, replacing the sucre? Ecuador

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